Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about patriotic designs? Not that I’m wanting Winter to stick around, but Memorial Day is just around the corner! In my opinion though, patriotic decorations could be considered as “year round” items. If you think about it… Why not show our patriotism everyday? Even though I made this patriotic table arrangement to pair with a matching swag, you can easily find items to make a similar arrangement for your own home. In this step by step video tutorial I will show you how to make a patriotic centerpiece you can be proud of!
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- Red Metal Bucket or Container of Choice
- Floral Foam
- Spanish Moss
- Hydrangea Bush (white)
- Geranium Bush (red)
- Blueberry Bush
- Astilbe Bush (white)
- Boxwood Bush
- Patriotic Ribbons
- Star Picks
- Floral Pins
- Hot Glue
- Liquid Gorilla Glue
- Wire Cutters
- Pipe Cleaners
First, prepare your base. Add floral foam to near top of bucket. I use liquid Gorilla Glue when working with metal containers. Cover the bottom of container, then insert the floral foam over the glue. I like to leave at least a couple inches from the top so the moss doesn’t spill over easily. Cover foam with moss and secure with a few floral pins. I do not recommend using glue over the foam to hold moss. It can cause problems pushing stems through the foam. If you want to wrap the container with ribbon, I suggest doing it now, before the florals are added. It was an afterthought for me, but believe me, it is much easier to do it earlier in the process. Again use liquid Gorilla Glue here to secure the ribbon to the bucket, but remember, a little goes a long way!
Decide how you want the hydrangeas arranged and glue into place. Remember to make a hole in the moss before you try to push your glue covered stem through. Next add greenery to the center, then the geraniums. Don’t glue stems till you are certain that’s where you want them. Next add blueberries, then astilbe. Be sure to stagger the color and evenly distribute it around the piece. Think natural, like a garden would be. Don’t stress over it though!! This should be fun! You can ALWAYS move items if you don’t like the placement.
Now it’s time for the finishing touches! Look for holes or bare spots where you need extra greenery or florals. HINT: Step back from the project to get a “fresh eye” or look through your camera view finder. It can be hard to see defects when you are right up on top of a design! Add greens (I used leftover leaves from the florals) and a few florals between the bucket and the florals. This adds a more finished look. Add patriotic picks if desired.
As always, this “recipe” can be used in multiple ways…Trade out the hydrangeas for poinsettias to make a Christmas centerpiece, use lilies for an Easter table arrangement! The possibilities are endless!!
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